Dollar Store Craft
Windowsill Fill.



Birds Lighter


In honour of these creatively chic chicks my sister crafted I am going to write this entire post using only words that begin with the letter “C”.

Clearly crafty city chics carefully create countertop chicks ’cause constable confetti clapping cretin clarinet.  Crap.

Kay, this isn’t working.

Let’s try again using the letter “F”.  Wait.  No. Bad idea.

I’m getting a bit bored lately with my regular writing style.  I’m playing  around with the idea of writing all of my posts backwards from now on.  For one thing it’s fun to start a trend, and obviously backwards writing is something that would probably catch on and for another … it’s been scientifically proven that aliens can’t read backwards on account of their eyeballs only moving one way.  So I’d never have to worry about alien bloggers stealing any of my material.  Win, win.

But for now … I’ll keep things dull and write the way I always have.  Boooo.

A few weeks ago one of my sisters called me up to ask if my mother had mentioned the knick knack she’d seen and liked.  Nope. She did not.  She did however go on about a Tic Tac.  Something about it being made out of metal and costing $400.  Hey.  Waiitttttttt.  Maybe she did mention a knick knack.  Was it mint flavoured and only one calorie?

Apparently this knick knack was in some store, my mother saw it, and she loved it.  It was a sort of sculpture made of metal penguins that sat on your windowsill.   Thankfully she didn’t buy it, for one thing because it was a $400 penguin decoration and for another, it would have robbed my sister out of the joy of making the Dollar Store version of it for $12.

As soon as she could, my sister pranced her way into the Dollar Store dripping in diamonds, Chanel sunglasses, and vibrant pink nailpolish.  Pushing people wearing their p’jamas and buying full brief underwear out of her way she made her way to the “random ugly things you’d put on a shelf” aisle.

O.K.  She didn’t really push anyone, it just made the story dramatic.  I figured you’d know I was embellishing when you read the part about the “full briefs”.  I’ve never seen anyone in the dollar store who wasn’t wearing a thong.  Pulled right up past their waistband.  Which generally hits around the top of their pubic bone, and around 1/3 of the way down their ass crack.

Back to the craft.  She grabbed up 5 ugly birds at a cost of $2 each, brought them home and started painting.


Dollar Store Bird

The early bird version (pre-paint)


Come to think of it the birds weren’t all that hideous.  All she had to do to make them a little more presentable was paint their backs black instead of the blue, green or brown colour options the Dollar Store offered, and then dry brush them a little with some taupe paint.

She then got a piece of wood from her basement (you may have to spend $2 to buy the wood), painted it to match my mother’s black windowsill and glued the birds on.


And all that my Internet friends, for the price of a few Tic Tacs.


Birds On Sill


I brought it home to photograph on my windowsill because … well … it’s just easier to take pictures in your own home. Without your mother asking you to fix her vacuum cleaner.

What I want you to pull from this post are 2 things.  If you can copy it for cheaper, do it.  Also, just because you can’t copy something exactly, doesn’t mean you can’t make it great.  You may not like chickadees for example.  Fair enough.  Take the general idea of this and do the same thing with monkeys.  No, that’d be hideous.  Try cats, or shapes or Christmas trees.  Anything you’d like.

Most importantly.  Just try it.  And for $12, even if you only use it and like it for one season, who cares!  Throw it in the basement, donate it or use it as a weapon when you’re sick of it.  The cross eyed aliens will  never see it coming.

Can’t create calming countertops coyly cumber-bun.

Nope.  Still not working.


  1. Laura Bee says:

    Craptacular! Coyly collecting crafting cache. Considering concrete cottontails copulating. Caren’s crazy. Chuckling constantly.

  2. Maddy says:

    Crikey Caren,

    Can countless couples create craft centrally concerning chickens? !C with starting words those all of think to hard really was it Wow

    Take that Alien scum!

  3. Sue says:

    Crazy! Continuously cool craftiness!

  4. CindyMouse says:

    Cindy craves chickadees chirping cozily come Christmas, coyly commands consummation.

  5. Gayla T says:

    Could cuter companions cluster closer correctly Caron? Finding feathered friends fused forever fixated frowningly for fun feels freaky. OMG! This could drive a sane person nuts. Whose idea was this anyway? However, doing the F’s without running into trouble should count for something, right? Can you send me a flock of those little birdies. I’ll stop at Dollar General and the other 4 dollar stores tomorrow but I’ll faint if I find them. Mine only has things like tall glass candle holders with pics of the Virgin Mary on them. Not a lot you can do with that. Tell your sister that she did good. I know! I’d hate to have to tell my sisters that so never mind. Now, how do I get rid of the C words bouncing around in my brain trying to get out?

  6. Leslie Newhall says:

    Crying cattily crooning “coo coo”.

  7. Sara says:

    Craptastic correlating correspondence. Coveting conventional canine and cat conglomerate. Cheers

  8. Jeanie says:

    Laughingly loveable! Little lilters lazily lolling. Liliputian likenesses love light. Like, like, like!

  9. Kerri says:

    I’ll just be over there… throwing away my shelf monkeys.

  10. Traci says:

    Man! I love the dollar store!!!

  11. Suanne says:


    morning, every smile a me gives It. boring but ANYTHING is style writing your think I….know ya so Just. (Just in case any sneaky aliens are about)

  12. Shirley says:

    Come on, who doesn’t like chickadees, the Rodney Dangerfields of the Bird World?
    Oh, wait a minute, maybe that’s sparrows …

  13. Susan says:

    Haha! Saw those penguins too! Thought of my daughter who collects penguins but they were huge and you would have to have a big childless place to put them. Besides being ridiculously expensive just to put in a garage sale when you get tired of them. Thank goodness we have your crafty sister in town though. I haven’t the energy lately to be creative! Must tittle over to the dollar store and see what they have. ….. No thongs here though…don’t wear any! Makes marks!:-)

  14. Rachel says:

    Continuously causing creative cancer can compel completely clear comprehension chaos!

  15. Jan says:

    I can only see one comment today….but love the info and inspiration for remaking dollar store finds.

  16. Moe says:

    Cute, crafty, cool, cloning.:o)

  17. Kristin says:

    Completely cute cheap chickadees.

    Question: they were $2 at the Dollar Store?? What is this world coming to?

  18. Jessica says:

    Your I Heart Dollar Stores posts are among my favorites – glad to read one again!

  19. Debbie from Illinois says:


  20. Cleverly cute, Caren.

  21. Sandy says:

    Love this idea!

  22. Cheryl in Wisconsin says:

    I am so glad that you decided to be dramatic in your description of your sister’s dollar store experience… it gave me a healthy good morning grin.

  23. Yvonne says:

    If you spray paint it all a glossy white then it will look like those birds they are selling at pier-one or other similar stores 🙂

  24. Karen says:

    Yvonne – I did this on the site a couple of years ago … ~ karen!

  25. paula says:

    I bought those same birds, sprayed them ‘antique white’ roughed up with a bit of sandpaper and stuck them in the goutweed patch. They look just like little concrete formed birds, love them. I heart the dollar store too 🙂

  26. Sarah in Illinois says:

    OK, I haven’t been reading for very long and I was totally unaware of all the options at the Dollr Store. There is one next door to where I work and I only go in there for toothpaste and laundry detergent because the home decorations are atrocious! But now I see that you can REMAKE THEM! Ahhhhhh! It’s like a huge lightbulb just lit up over my head! Which will probably attract the aliens and I didn’t write this backwards…darn.

  27. Tina says:

    Don’t ever change your “regular” writing style! Your regular is unique, hilarious and sets you far above the other writers (bloggers).

    You are a breath of fresh air, and sarcastic, and self-effacing.

  28. Karen says:

    Sarah – Don’t worry. If you just walk around with a lightbulb in your mouth for 3 days, they won’t find you. As for the Dollar Store, click on the small link on my righthand sidebar under the ASK KAREN section where it says “I Heart Dollar Stores”. That’s where all my Dollar Store posts are. ~ karen

  29. Sandy says:

    And here I paid 3 times the amount for just one pudgy robin from a garden center. Should have remembered the Dollar store. Will toddle over to my local store for the second one I need.
    Thanks for the info.

  30. GGMcMurray says:

    I saw those birdies at our 99 cent store the other day and thought the shape was so cute, just hated the colors. Never thought of painting over, thanks for the great idea.

  31. kate says:

    or – when you get tired of it in the you can reposition the birds so they all line up with their beak-to-tail ends perpendicular to the board and then nail the board in the entry wall (or on the back prch) and have a coat or hat or towel rack — for you visiting aliens

  32. Barbie says:

    Love this cute little decoration redo. Was it a Mothers Day present?

  33. Sarah in Illinois says:

    That makes so much sense! Plus, they sell lightbulbs at the Dollar Store!

    Seriously, I will be scouring the Dollar Store posts! Thanks for the link!

  34. Karen says:

    Barbie – It wasn’t! She was too excited to give it to her so she gave it to her about a week prior to Mother’s Day. ~ karen!

  35. J9 says:

    Boring, you are not. I was wondering the other day though if you’d ever thought of doing an “ask me anything” post? Could be fun. Just a thought. In other news, I do not always wear a thong to the dollar store. Just saying.

  36. Natalie says:

    How could you possibly tire of your own hilariousness that is your writing style? Great post and great advice!

  37. Amy in StL says:

    I love fixing vacuum cleaners. It’s a simple machine so with the right screwdrivers you can completely take it apart and re-assemble it without worry. (Turns out mine take Phillips and Hex) I thought about putting a note on our condo bulletin board for fixing them – but then I realized I don’t know what kind of stuff I’d find in other people’s hoovers.

  38. ev says:

    Tried doing an all “c” message but it was too lame. Sigh…. Your writing style is great as is. Never thought of altering dollar store treasures. If I manage one such miracle I’ll let you know. Thanks Karen!

  39. Jacqueline says:

    Whoa! You can fix vacuum cleaners too? Yes, sadly this is the main thing I’ve retained from this post. Seriously, is there a vacuum cleaner repair/maintenance post around here? If not, I hereby request one in the near future.

  40. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Well..Now that I have all this crazy chick crap stuck in my head..I should have a nice headache soon..Tomorrow is the big day..will catch up with you when I come home..Will be craving your creative craziness cute Caren..

  41. Anj says:

    I love when you post I Heart Dollar Store posts ever since my Financial guy had me pick up some Dollar Store stock. Thanks for promoting “my” store. 🙂

  42. Janet says:

    OMG! You all just crack me up! Karen…you really know how to get’em all going. Funny, funny, funny! Thanks for the laughs.

  43. Karen says:

    Janet – Wait’ll I go back to telling knock knock jokes. You’ll *really* be in stitches then. ~ karen

  44. Debby says:

    Hahaahahhhahaaaaaa! You’re so damn funny.

  45. Krikit says:

    I would SOooo do this if I could find cool Monkeys to do it with!

    Come Manic Monday, I’m makin’ it with Mambo Monkeys doin’ the Merengue! ~:0)

    (1st timer here! LUV your sassy blog!!)

  46. Karen says:

    Thanks Krikit! Hope you find your way back again. ~ karen!

  47. Krikit says:

    I’ll be bahhhck…I’ve subscribed! ~:0)

  48. Amanda says:

    Pray tell, what is a cumber-bun? A version of the cucumber sandwich? A baked good made of satin and mangled around some poor sop’s waist by his social-climbing wife? Perhaps…you meant cummerbund? You’re culling me!

  49. I believe I would read your page even if I wasn’t interested in all of your crafts, you make me laugh and have wonderful ideas. Thanx for being here.

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